Former Dallas Cowboys safety Roy Williams has finally found a team.
Williams agreed to terms with Cincinnati, and will join with former Cowboys defensive coordinator Mike Zimmer and former Cowboy Tank Johnson.
Williams, a first-round draft pick out of Oklahoma in 2002, was one of four safeties in franchise history to make the Pro Bowl five times or more, joining Cliff Harris, Mel Renfro and Darren Woodson.
The former Sooner recorded 611 tackles and 19 interceptions with the Cowboys before a fractured forearm found Williams a spot on the sidelines.
Personally speaking, I’m sad to see Roy go. Is it because I own a Roy Williams jersey? Perhaps.
But it’s why I got that jersey that I’m really sad to see Roy go.
I remember the Roy Williams of old, the strong safety that patrolled the middle of the field and had receivers scared to come across the middle and the special teams star that relished in delivering punishment.
But I won’t be sad to see the Roy Williams of recent years go. He hasn’t been the same since we switched to the 3-4 defense. He’s actually had to cover people, which is something that Williams doesn’t really excel at. In fact, he downright stunk at covering people. Some might say that Williams’ recent downturn is due to the lack of a rangy free safety to cover his tail like Darren Woodson did, but I think that big, hard-hitting safeties are being phased out of the pro game.
Or being moved to middle linebacker.
So good luck at rediscovering some coverage skills or making the switch to inside backer in Cinci, Roy. I’ll be rooting for you.